Compliance & Risk


We partner with a wide range of clients, including international banking groups, asset management firms and multinational corporations, to manage their compliance & risk management human capital requirements.

Our coverage spans the UK, Europe and Asia, where we have access to an extensive international network of senior talent. We specialise in senior-level appointments, from Chief Compliance Officers and their senior leaders to Heads of Risk and senior associates. 

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Seniority Levels:

Chief Compliance Officer

Global Head of Compliance

Chief Risk Officer

SMF16/17

MLRO/Deputy MLRO

Compliance Officer

Deputy Head of Compliance

Head of Compliance Advisory

Regulatory Liaison Officer

Director, Financial Crime

Senior Compliance Officer

Director/Senior Director/Executive Director

AVP/VP/SVP

Head of Corporate Governance

Head of Operational Risk

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Peter Whyte

Director, Compliance & Risk


Peter Whyte

Director, Compliance & Risk

Peter is a Director at Simmons & Hanbury and leads the Compliance & Risk practice.

He specialises in recruiting C-suite, Director and Associate level compliance mandates for leading hedge funds, asset managers, private equity, proprietary trading firms, insurers, brokers, and banks.  Peter has an in-depth knowledge of financial services and both an extensive track record and network across compliance and risk.

Before joining Simmons & Hanbury in 2019, Peter spent 12 years with a leading governance recruitment firm, where he led a team covering compliance, financial crime, and risk management.

Peter holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Dundee and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law in London.


Professionalism, integrity and trust are integral to the Simmons & Hanbury offering which are important, but often overlooked, delineations for me when selecting Matt and his team for hiring projects across the full spectrum of roles. This coupled with their in depth understanding of our business needs and alongside the breadth and depth of their market knowledge makes them hard to ignore.

$20 billion AUM Asset Manager, Global Head of Compliance

I have used Simmons & Hanbury for some time as both a candidate and a client. On the client side, they have always found good candidates for any role I have hired for and they manage the recruitment process extremely well. On the candidate side, they worked with me to secure a senior role. I was very impressed with their knowledge, diligence and professionalism. I would not hesitate to recommend Simmons & Hanbury to anyone looking to change jobs or to hire for new roles in the legal/compliance sector.

Tier 1 Investment Bank, Managing Director, General Counsel Division